Core Team

Victoria Reyes-García

ICREA Research Professor

ICREA Research Professor and LICCI director

Petra Benyei

Postdoctoral researcher

Rural sociologist interested in the interface between science and technology studies and political agroecology

André Braga Junqueira

Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher interested in ethnoecology, historical ecology and indigenous resource management systems

David García del Amo

Ph.D. researcher

PhD Researcher interested in climate change and Indigenous and kocal knowledge

Xiaoyue Li

Postdoctoral researcher

Applied environmental anthropologist

Laura Calvet-Mir

Research coordinator

Environmental scientist interested in biocultural diversity, agroecology, and political ecology.

Vincent Porcher

Ph.D. researcher

Tropical ecologist interested in ethnobotany and children’s ecological knowledge

Anna Porcuna Ferrer

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental biologist interested in agroecology, ethnobotany, and local ecological knowledge

Anna Schlingmann

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental scientist investigating local climate change impacts and adaptation strategies

Ramin Soleymani

Software engineer

Computer scientist interested in open science, citizen science, environmental activism and art

Vanesse Labeyrie

Visiting researcher

Social-ecological interactions involved in the dynamics of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

Ethical Advisor

Michael Schönhuth

(Dr. phil in Cultural Anthropology, 1989, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br.) is the Ethics Adviser of LICCI. He is a specialist in the field of anthropologically oriented network analysis. Empirically his research focuses on Africa, India, Russia and the Caucasus. His scholarly interests are migration regimes, development anthropology, and the ethical and socio-cultural dimensions of anthropology. He also has strong methodological foundations in the field of network analysis and participatory learning and research approaches.

Research Advisors

Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares Onrubia 

(Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, 2015, Autonomous University of Barcelona) is an ethnoecologist based at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, the University of Helsinki, Finland. Most of his research focuses on the study of indigenous and local knowledge systems and the application of biocultural approaches to conservation and climate change adaptation. He has participated in international research projects in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Madagascar and has conducted more than 25 months of ethnographic fieldwork, mostly with Indigenous communities. He has co-authored over 35 scientific articles and is a Fellow of the IPBES Global Assessment.

Christoph Schunko

(Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 2016, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna) is Assistant Professor at the Department for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. In his research, he focuses on ecological and socio-cultural sustainability of wild plant gathering. He adopts multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives from ethnobotany and organic farming and gained ample experience through working in several projects in European and non-European countries, rural and urban areas and on commercial and non-commercial gathering. In his collaboration with LICCI, he works on local climate-related indicators for wild plant gathering and the impact of a changing climate on gathering practices.

Sonia Graham

(Ph.D. in Sociology, 2012, Charles Sturt University, Australia) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA). Her research investigates environmental collective action, justice and values. She is passionate about social research methods and teaches a variety of quantitative and qualitative social research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her current project at ICTA is investigating international examples of collective adaptation to sea-level rise. In her collaboration with LICCI, she works on understanding the “bright spots” that show why and how local and indigenous communities adapt to climate change.


Alexandra Castañeda

(Forest engineer, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) in an intern in the LICCI project working on the development, testing, and evaluation of the LICCI Citizen Science platform. She has worked in citizen science projects in Chile, being involved in the participatory monitoring of biodiversity in native forest ecosystems to feed the national biodiversity monitoring efforts. She is interested in learning more about citizen engagement methodologies in the context of citizen science projects focusing on climate change impacts on biodiversity.

Clara Vadez

Currently studying Mathematics and Physics, Clara Vadez is an intern in the LICCI project working on data analysis. Concerned about the current global climate crisis she is working with the LICCI team in hopes of enriching her point of view on the situation.

Previous members

Marina Sabaté, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Marta Rallo, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Angelo Fossati, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Irene Martínez Sanesteban, politics intern, 2019-2020

Francesca Lesi, environmental policy intern, 2019-2020

Marzia Panaccione, climate studies intern, 2019-2020

Corinne Drouin, project manager, 2018-2019

Claudia Geffner Fuenmayor, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Ana Lleida Añón, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Elisabet Marcos Furones, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Denise Margaret S. Matias, post-doctoral research fellow, 2018-2019

Konstantina Gravani, doctoral research fellow, 2018